Saluting Our Service Members: Military Spotlight

By The Major Brent Taylor Foundation


Each year the Major Brent Taylor Foundation selects Leadership Legacy Scholars at a number of schools–including Weber High School, in the community where Brent served as Mayor of North Ogden City from 2014-2018. This year’s winners are James Steele and Madalyn Keyes.

Madalyn Keyes

Madalyn has a wide range of hobbies and interests, including playing and teaching piano, website development, English horse riding, clogging, and choir, to name a few. This accomplished graduated senior won several awards during high school in several topics, including Business and Marketing (DECA & FBLA), vocal and piano, and Spanish while maintaing a 4.0 GPA. She was involved in the Warrior Food Pantry project and said she learned that by serving and spending time with others, she gained a deeper belonging to her community. “I believe that if we all took the time to serve others and spend time them we wouldn’t have contention and problems in the world.” Madalyn hopes to become a software engineer. Congrats!

James Steele

James’s high school career included a variety of accomplishments in several areas: track, cross country, National Honor Society, band, MMA, and German club, and a 4.0 GPA to name a few. Earning his Eagle Scout rank taught James about leadership and how to serve his community by repairing a local campsite. He also learned leadership skills by training and teaching at his MMA facility and that caring for others and having genuine concern for them leads to effective leading. James says the most important lessons learned in high school were how to be honest with himself and others and the value of being genuine. James’ future plans are to attend the University of Utah and study psychology.


About the Major Brent Taylor Foundation

Brent was killed a few months before his 40th birthday, which would have been July 6, 2019.

Family members and friends gathered in his honor that day with a goal to raise $40,000 for his memorial scholarship funds at BYU and the U of U (his alma maters). We called the party “40 for 40”–and we met our goal! The Major Brent Taylor Foundation was born out of this effort, and to date, more than $200,000 has been raised for the Major Brent Taylor Leadership Legacy Scholarship program!

We now offer annual scholarships at BYU, the U of U, Weber State, Weber High, and Chandler High (where Brent went to school in Arizona, class of 1997). Brent would have turned 43 this year, and his memorial foundation is now officially three years old.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Veteran’s day is November 11th. The week before will include our Fundraiser Gala. You won’t want to miss it!

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